Unexpected: Active Black Hole not Suppressing Galaxy Star Formation

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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 20 February 2018


Unexpected Observations

Active Black Hole not Suppressing Host Galaxy Star Formation

No relation between a supermassive black hole and its host galaxy!?
National Institutes of Natural Sciences, February 20, 2018.

Observation Target
These astronomers observed, "...(WISE1029)...is outflowing gas ionized by the strong radiation from its supermassive black hole. WISE1029 is known as an extreme case in terms of ionized gas outflow, and this particular factor has motivated the researchers to see what happens to its molecular gas."

Unexpected Results
"...showing that the ionized gas outflow driven by the supermassive black hole does not necessarily affect its host galaxy..."

"...star forming activity is neither activated nor suppressed. This indicates that a strong ionized gas outflow launched from the supermassive black hole in WISE1029 neither significantly affect the surrounding molecular gas nor the star formation."

That was completely unexpected. Current conventional wisdom expected these ionized gas flows to suppress star formation.

The Bottom Line
"we astronomers do not understand the real relation between the activity of supermassive black holes and star formation in galaxies."

Despite our physical ability to operate perfectly within our surrounding, "reality," we are much more intellectually ignorant about the nature of our surrounding reality that informed. We are as ignorant about the true nature of the universe, galaxies, and stars around us as we have been misguided about the "junk" DNA within us.

Our ignorance is as externally expansive as it's internally deep.

It's funny that we humans throughout our history have always sincerly believed that we know and could explain everything, when we know virutally nothing.





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